Criteria For Admissions to School

The maximum number of children that can be admitted for each group is 35.  If numbers requesting places exceed those available, the LEA guidelines are strictly followed by giving priority to:-

1. Children who are looked after by a Local Authority at the time when preferences are expressed and who are still looked after at the time of their admission to school, and those who have ben previously looked after.

2. Children for whom the Local Authority accepts that there are exceptional medical social or welfare reasons which are directly relevant to the school concerned.

3. Children with older brothers and sisters attending the school.

4. Remaining places are allocated according to where a child lives.  Those living nearest to the school by a straight line (radial) measure will have priority.


Applying for a school place - top tips



Admissions to Reception Class

Children are not legally required to start school until the term following their fifth birthday. In Lancashire, however, all children who have their 5th birthday between 1 September 2022 and 31 August 2023 may start school in September 2022 if their parents / carers wish it.

Applications for primary & secondary school is open from 1st September 2021.   

The closing date for Primary School Applications is Saturday 15th January 2022 at 11-59 pm.

Apply for a primary school place

LCC will then send out notification emails to parents on Tuesday 19th April. Any pupils who are not happy with their offer may appeal (see link below) and full details are provided by LCC.

Appeal for Admission to a Primary School

Appeals must be received by Lancashire County Council by Friday 13th May 2022.  Appeals will be heard by Friday 8th July 2022.

Once your appeal is received you will be invited to participate in an appeal hearing. The intention is that  hearings will remain informal and last around 20 minutes.

You will be asked to confirm whether you wish to participate or are happy for the hearing to proceed in your absence, with your written submission. Where possible you will be notified at least 14 days before the hearing to give you time to prepare.

The appeal will be heard by a panel acting independently of the Local Authority. They will have no connection with the school you are appealing for, or the school your child has been allocated a place at. These are the people who will make the decision about your appeal.

We will write to you to let you know the result of the hearing within 7 calendar days, wherever possible.

If a place has already been refused at appeal, the admissions authority will only consider a second appeal for a place at the same school or academy in the same academic year if they consider that there has been a relevant, significant and material change in the family's circumstances (since the original appeal hearing). If this is the case a second appeal hearing may be appropriate. Individual admissions authorities will decide in relation to re-appeal requests.

The selection and oversubscription are managed by LCC as they are our admissions authority.


The number of places available for admission to Reception in the year 2022 will be a maximum of 35.

The number of children on School Roll is 246.

It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure their legal application is submitted before the deadline to the authority.



In Year Admissions

If you are new to the area or want to request a transfer to another school (also known as in year school admissions) you may contact your preferred schools directly to find out if a place is available for your child.  As of 1/11/21 schools are no longer required to hold waiting lists and all other admissions queries shoudl be directed to the In Year Admissions team at Lancashire County Council. 

You can also contact your local area education office 

(Pupil Access Team South 01772 532109/

You will then need to speak to the current school and the school you intend to move to.

When you apply for admission to Lancashire schools you have the right to express up to three school preferences.

For schools that do not have places, you can submit an appeal for a school that does not have any places.

If you have moved house it may be essential to move your child, however, if a school move is not absolutely vital you should carefully consider the implications for your child.

If your child is unhappy in their current school for whatever reason, for example alleged bullying or not getting on with a teacher, you should first contact the headteacher and discuss the problems thoroughly, before changing schools.  School transfer is very disruptive for any child and it is not encouraged if the matter can be resolved by the school.

If it is not essential that your child moves school, please read our guidance: what to think about if you are considering a change of school.

If you have any questions regarding school admissions please contact Mrs Royle or Miss Broadbent in the school office on 01772 774044.

Thank you for considering Kennington Primary School for your child.